ST. CROIX CROSSING
State should be mindful of taxpayers’ money
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has agreed to pay $58.1 million instead of $52.3 million on the bridge approach work for the St. Croix Crossing because the lowest responsible bidder didn’t meet the Disadvantaged Business Enterprises subcontracting goals (“Do millions mean nothing in bridge bid?” May 2).
The low bidder certified that nearly 11 percent of the work would be done by DBEs, short of the 16.7 percent MnDOT goal. So, in effect, the state is paying millions more because of a short percentage difference. Are these the same principles that our government will apply in its expanding role in managing our health care system?
MICHAEL WOLF, Bloomington
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Former governor in South rises again
Cheers for former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (“Mark Sanford renews career, must build reputation,” May 8)! He proves that you can be a lying, cheating, taxpayer-money-wasting, derelict-of-duty, lawbreaking, vow-breaking, court-order-breaking hypocrite and still be elected to Congress. He’ll fit right in with his new colleagues in Washington.
JOE TAMBURINO, West St. Paul
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Ease suffering for humans and animals
Make what you will of the government research showing aggressive cancers in lab animals who were given large amounts of Ginkgo biloba (“New doubts about Ginkgo biloba,” May 7). What’s never discussed is that cancer tumors frequently cause severe pain that requires expert pain management — at least, when the cancer patient is human. But what happens when the cancer patient isn’t human and has no power or voice? How long and how intensely must the (involuntary) research animals suffer?
CHRISTINE LEWIS, Minneapolis
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